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Andrew Hunter (Methodist preacher)

Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter (1813–1902) was a noted Methodist preacher, sometimes referred to as "The Father of Methodism in Arkansas."


Hunter was born in

  1. ^ a b Andrew Hunter was also somewhat of an historian and recorded numerous significant and interesting occurrences during those early days of Methodism. The January 24, 1838, issue of the Arkansas Gazette carried an advertisement for Lincoln’s Book Store in Little Rock . The ad listed Fr. Hunter’s Sacred Biography. Dr. James Anderson in his Centennial History of Arkansas Methodism says, “There was a remarkable weight of character about the man, his personal dignity, his unselfish and blameless life, and his wisdom won the especial regard of all men.” One participant in an early revival held at Scott’s Campground described Hunter’s preaching: “Old Dr. Hunter’s favorite sermon was on the Prodigal Son. When he reached the climax and called for mourners, they filled the aisles.” id=6hUUAAAAYAAJ&dq=robert%20c%20newton%20arkansas&pg=PA978#v=onepage&q=andrew%20hunter&f=false Google Books - Centennial history of Arkansas Volume 1
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The cornerstone for the first church was laid on March 27, 1897, on Barber Avenue, between 11th and 12th streets. Dr. Hunter dedicated the church on the last Sunday in March 1901, after all the indebtedness was paid.

The Rev. James Major, pastor of Hunter Church from 1945 to 1948, wrote a history of the church for the 50th anniversary celebration which included the following statements: “It was the life of Andrew Hunter that inspired a wealthy man by the name of Leon Le Fevre to leave in his will property valued at $5,000 to be sold and the proceeds used for the building of a Methodist Church east of what is now McArthur Park and south of East 9th Street.”

Aside note appeared in the 1947 publication stating that “Leon Le Fevre, member of a French family that had settled at the Little Rock site before the region became American territory, had bequeathed $2,800 in cash and a plantation, for the construction of a Methodist Church .”

A newspaper clipping dated December 3, 1898, reads: “Last Sunday should be a red letter day in its history and one to be remembered by members of Hunter’s Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South. On that day was formally opened for public worship one of the prettiest, neatest, most comfortable and, in everything, completest houses dedicated to God that Little Rock has yet had built within her bounds. Well may the good folks of Hunter Memorial feel proud. With becoming modesty, they are loath to assume the credit for what has been done, giving praise to God first for enabling them to carry our that work which He has put in the mind of their reverend benefactor, Leon Le Fevre to design and plan for the,.”

Hunter Memorial Methodist Church

The Andrew Hunter House, a house he lived in, is near Bryant, Arkansas, built in c.1870 is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

At the time of Hunter’s death, Dr. John H. Riggin described him as a pulpiteer, saying: “His mellow, vibrant voice made his speech impressive. His hearers soon understood that there was nothing rash or inconsiderate in his words, nothing light or trifling, nothing for show or merely to attract attention to the speaker, that the message – not himself – was his concern…”[2]

He was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery, beside his wife. The Hunters were married in 1844 and had four children. Mrs. Hunter was active in establishing the Woman’s Missionary Society of the Little Rock Conference in 1878. Elected president of the organization in 1879, she served in that office for five years.

Dr. Hunter died on June 3, 1902, in his 89th year, after having held almost every office his church offered: teacher, missionary, pastor of both small and great churches, presiding elder for 20 years, delegate to Annual Conferences, a member of 12 General Conferences, and of the 1891 Ecumenical Conference.

, in 1844, to Anna M. Jones, and had four children. York, Pennsylvania took his place instead. He was married in A. H. Garland [1].Reconstruction, however he was not allowed to take his seat in Congress due to disenfranchisement of Southern States at the beginning of Elisha Baxter and was president of that body. In 1866 Hunter was elected US Senator from Arkansas by the State Legislature along with Arkansas State senate In 1866-67 he was elected to represent Dallas and Bradley Counties in the [1]

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